Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Wendy Hulko

Wendy Hulko

Wendy Hulko

Name: Dr. Wendy Hulko
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 377-6130


Being healthy & active while working towards a more equitable/socially just world

Research Interests

Dementia (meanings, experiences, community care, Indigenous peoples, teaching tools), intersectionality & interlocking oppressions, aging & older adults, Cuba, cultural safety, equity-seeking groups, queer studies (LGBTQ youth, small cities), equity & diversity in PSE


PhD, Sociology & Social Policy, University of Stirling, 2005
MSW, University of Toronto, 1998
BA Hon, Sociology & Spanish, Trent University, 1994


Recent/select publications

Hulko, W., Wilson, D., & Balestrery, J. (Eds). (forthcoming). Indigenous peoples and dementia: Experiencing and understanding memory loss in three settler nations. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Hulko, W. (2016). LGBT individuals and dementia: An intersectional approach. In Westwood, S., & Price, L. (Eds.), Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* individuals living with dementia: Concepts, practice, rights. Abingdon:

Small, J., Chan, S-M, Drance, E., Globerman, J., Hulko, W., O'Connor, D., Perry, J-A., Stern, L., & Ho, L. (2015). Verbal and nonverbal indicators of quality of communication between care staff and residents in ethnoculturally and linguistically diverse long-term care
settings. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 30(3), 285-304. DOI: 10.1007/s10823-015-9269-6.

Hulko, W. (2015). Supporting younger lesbian and bisexual women and transgender youth in small cities and rural
communities: Collaboration and affirmation. In ONeill, B., Swan, T., & Mule, N. (Eds.), LGBTQ people and social work: Intersectional perspectives (pp.193-212). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Hulko, W. (2015). Operationalizing intersectionality in feminist social work research: Reflections and techniques from research with equity-seeking groups. In Wahab, S., Anderson-Nathe, B., & Gringeri, C. (Eds.), Feminisms in social work research: Promise and possibilities for justice-based knowledge (pp.69-89). London: Routledge Press.

Purves, B., Phinney, A., Hulko, W., Puurveen, G., &
Astell, A. (2014, June 13). Developing CIRCA-BC and exploring the role of the computer as a third participant
in conversation. American Journal of Alzheimer Disease & Other Dementias, On-line first, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/1533317514539031.

Hulko, W. (2014). Digging up the roots: Nature and dementia for First Nation Elders. In Marshall, M., & Gilliard, J. (Eds.), Creating culturally appropriate outside spaces and experiences for people with dementia (pp. 96-104). London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.

Harvey, K. with Hulko,W. (2013). A good day with grandma (kye7e) & me. Produced for Stories of our Past: A dementia knowledge translation project between First Nations Elders and children. Kamloops, BC: Thompson Rivers University.
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Mack, T. [director] with Hulko, W. [researcher]. (2013). Remembering our way forward: Dementia from a Secwepemc perspective. Produced for Stories of our Past: A Dementia knowledge translation project between First Nations Elders and children. Kamloops, BC: Thompson Rivers University. Available at:

Hulko, W. (2011). Intersectionality in the context of later life experiences of dementia. In Hankivsky, O. (Ed.), Health inequities in Canada: Intersectional frameworks and practices (pp. 198-220). Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Hulko, W., Camille, E., Antifeau, E., Arnouse, M., Bachynksi, N., & Taylor, D. (2010). Views of First Nation Elders on memory loss and memory care in later life. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 25, 317-342. Online first, June 30. DOI: 10.1007/s10823-010-9123-9.

Hulko, W. & Cascudo Barral, N. (2010). Caring for people with dementia in Cuba. In Mason, S., Strug, D., & Beder, J. (Eds.), Community health care in Cuba (pp. 138-156). Chicago, Illinois: Lyceum Books.

O'Connor, D., Phinney, A., & Hulko, W. (2010). Dementia at the intersections: A unique case study exploring social location. Journal of Aging Studies, 24, 30-39. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2008.08.001.

Hulko, W. (2009). From 'not a big deal' to 'hellish': Experiences of older people with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 23(3), 131-144. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2007.11.002.

Hulko, W. (2009). The time and context contingent nature of intersectionality and interlocking oppressions. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 24(1), 44-55. DOI: 10.1177/0886109908326814.

Employment History

2010 to present Associate Professor, Social Work, TRU
2004 to 2010 Assistant Professor, Social Work, TRU
2001 to 2004 Teaching Assistant, Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland
2000 to 2001 Policy Advisor, Ontario Seniors' Secretariat, Toronto, ON
1998 to 2000 Social Worker, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
1998 to 1999 Research Assistant, Collaborative Research Program Long Term Care, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, ON
1994 to 1996 Nursing Assistant, Juan de Fuca Hospital Society, Rest Haven Lodge, Central Park Lodge, Victoria, BC

Courses Taught

SOCW 4650 Older People, Aging & Society
SOCW 4300 Sexual Orientation & Gender Expression
SOCW 3010 Introduction to Social Work Research
SOCW 3300 International Field Studies (Mexico; Cuba)
SOCW 3060 Theory & Ideology of Social Work
SOCW 3040/4020 Social Work Field Practice
SOCW 4900 Directed Studies
RESL 4000 Research Learning
EDUC 5040 Diversity: Constructing Social Realities

Professional Affiliations

Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy, SFU
Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia, UBC
National Core for Neuroethics, UBC
Canadian Association for Social Work Education
Network Environments for Aboriginal Research BC
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
International Indigenous Dementia Research Network